Notes from Paradise
Unlikely Alliances and Renewed Activism
Nancy Whittier, Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and author of Frenemies: Feminists, Conservatives and Sexual Violence, talks about past and current political climates and how the women's movement is again experiencing some remarkable moments of activism, mass mobilization and renewed focus.
A Conversation with Smith’s Dean of Admission Interterm Class Visit: ‘Intro to Art Conservation’ Could This Be the End of the Monarch Butterfly?
Deanna Dixon ’88 was named Smith’s dean of admission last spring. Here she talks about reaching prospective students and helping to increase access to Smith for all who wish to attend. She says, “I am passionate about women’s colleges and the transformative role they play in the lives of young women." Students taking the January interterm course Intro to Art Conservation went behind the scenes in the Smith College Museum of Art to learn how collections are restored and maintained. Leading the course was art conservator Valentine Talland, who has more than 30 years' experience in caring for works of art, books and artifacts. In a recent New York Times piece, Mary Ellen Hannibal ’81, author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, writes about the importance of an annual volunteer monarch butterfly count. She says, “We will need these volunteers if we hope to make a difference for butterflies and other species in trouble.”
Announcing the ‘Together for Smith’ Giving Challenge in February
Show your support for Smith! Throughout the month of February, The Smith Fund is asking members of the Smith community to stand up and be counted. If the Fund can secure 2,019 gifts—of any amount—by Feb. 28, the Smith College Board of Trustees will donate a collective gift of $325,000 for scholarship aid. This challenge is about getting as many participants as possible; it’s about donors, not dollars.
Seeking Applications for VP for Equity and Inclusion
Smith College is seeking applications for a strategic leader, skilled administrator and collaborative partner to serve as its vice president for equity and inclusion. The position reports directly to President Kathleen McCartney. Please share this notice among your networks, or nominate a qualified individual.
Gift Creates Phyllis Cohen Rappaport ’68 New Century Term Professorship
Phyllis Cohen Rappaport ’68 and her husband, Jerry, recently funded the Phyllis Cohen Rappaport ’68 New Century Term Professorship. The endowed professorship will be awarded to a trailblazing junior faculty member to support their innovative research and curricular development for a term of three to four years. President Kathleen McCartney says, “Phyllis and Jerry Rappaport’s gift will enable Smith to recruit and retain outstanding junior faculty.”
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
NEW YORK TIMES: Kimberly Probolus ’11: We need more women’s voices
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: Prof. Carrie Baker: Why we need the ERA
WASHINGTON POST: Prof. Brent Durbin: The Super Bowl and foreign policy
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT: Linda Kramer Jenning ’72 writes about ‘Failing Well’
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Claire Haug ’20: What is a ‘normal’ family, anyway?
WESTERN MASS NEWS: Botanic Garden: ‘A slice of spring in the heart of campus’
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